Who Is He?
One of the new breed of swashbuckling 'hit it and go find it' golfers. Recognised as much for his unique golf swing as his unique dress sense, Fowler has instantly become a fans favourite, particularly with the younger generation of both boys and girls.
What He Does
Right from the set up you can tell that Fowler's golf swing is not going to be orthodox.The low hand position at address and the noticeable gripping down of the longer clubs alert the observer to the fact that Ricky have never had a series of formal lessons.
He is majority self taught, and is much more a feel player than a technically gifted golfer.
His first move away from the golf ball is noticeably outside of the line and is picked up by the wrists. This, in turn, becomes a very flat backswing where his left arm is laid across his chest at the top of the swing and the shaft points way left of his target line when viewed down the line. An aggressive hip and leg action and a fast turn down with the wrist through impact show that Ricky Fowler is squeezing every ounce of power from his five feet nine inch frame.
What Can You Learn?
Fowler's tendency to grip down on his longer clubs shows a good awareness of the importance of creating a sweet strike and controlling the direction of his shots.
He does give up an amount of distance but he clearly and correctly prioritises a good strike and direction over this. If you struggle with accuracy with your longer clubs, try experimenting with gripping down at least one inch with your Driver. You may feel more connected to your club and the ball should come off the centre of the face on a more regular basis.
What Should You Avoid?
Fowler's first move away from the golf ball is certainly not orthodox and not something you should be encouraged to copy as this leads to the second phase of his backswing, which is incredibly flat, also not something that you would often be taught by a PGA golf professional. In fact, it would be fair to say that the only thing you should be trying to copy is Ricky's fashion sense and not his golf swing.